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Problem with Dish Reception

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by Psyclist, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Psyclist

    Psyclist Cool Member

    Jun 2, 2010
    Sorry for the double post (posted in General Discussion before reading more closely):

    Hello everyone. Got a problem with a dish set-up from couple of years ago. Wife arranged to have an independent company come out and install a dish for DirectTV 2 years ago. I wasn't there at the time, but the installer did a poor job and the reception is not very good. This place has a 1200' hillside just to the south which is the problem, I'm thinking.

    Strangely, it seems to work during the winter months better than the summer months. Some channels we don't get at all, some pop in and out and some work fine. It's a part-time place for us, so it hasn't been a major priority, but I would like to get it fixed.

    I was referred to this forum by someone who said I might be able to get some help on how to fix it. Two nearby neighbors have it working fine. We are more at the base of the hillside, so I'm thinking I need more height.

    I don't really have a lot of confidence in the company that came out originally to do the install. Besides, they say they won't climb a ladder and I'm thinking I need to get this thing 10 or more feet off the ground. The house is even more at the base of the hillside, so attaching to the roof is probably out of the question. I don't think trees are probably a good option (movement). There is a pole for the electrical drop that might work. Currently, the dish is about 150 feet to the east (is that too far away?). Also, once I move it, I'm not sure how to tune in to the signal precisely.

    Anyway, is there a way to find someone reputable to do this kind of thing (rural eastern Washington) or, better yet, is there a reliable way to "do it yourself?"

    Any help is greatly appreciated - thanks!
  2. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    See my reply in the other thread. :)
  3. barryb

    barryb New Member

    Aug 26, 2007
    Sounds like there is trees on that hill that lose leaves in the winter. I would suggest calling DirecTV and have them come fix your dish. Perhaps a bit of a taller pole mount could work well.

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